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This is Florance Kwinja from Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

I photographed Florence 10 months ago during a vista to Goma with CARE International. Florence was raped by combatant’s (she still walks with a limp) and a CARE project took her from the streets, she chose to train as a barber (the only female, training with ex-combatants), started the shop and is now provides barber services to both men and women.

With Goma again being in the news this week as M23 rebels take over the city, I cannot help but think about her.